Florida approves the teaching of "evolution" in schools

By
Real Estate Agent with Orlando Area Real Estate Services

It's been going on for weeks and it finally came to a vote today and now forida teachers will be adding the teaching of evolution to students. They are not allowed to teach other theories such as intelligent design. But clearly evolution is a real theory as this picture of my buddy Hugh shows! (a link from http://www.stuff.co.nz/ ).

The vote was 4-3 in favor when the State Board of Education approved new science standards for Florida's public schools that, for the first time, require teaching evolution. Monkeying around

There was heated debate but the board, by a 4-3 vote, adopted a last-minute alternative that inserted the phrase "scientific theory of" in front of evolution and other concepts.

The most vocal board members before the vote were Roberto Martinez, a Coral Gables attorney, and Donna Callaway, a retired Tallahassee principal. Both voted "No" -- but for very different reasons.

And this from the Orlando Sentinel:

Though she had previously told the Florida Baptist Witness she would vote "No," she said today that she did not think her religious views colored her decision.

Callaway said she was not advocating creationism or intelligent design be taught but that students "know what we know," that is there may be other theories.

Martinez then asked, "What is the alternative theory?"

Callaway said, "You're saying there is only one theory."

Martinez: "I say that evolution is a fact and it is a fundamental fact."

Callaway: "There is a great difference of opinion in the world...There may be other theories ... This is a point of debate."

Martinez: "Its not a point of debate or controversy in the mainstream scientific community."

Both voted no in the end. Board members Phoebe Raulerson, Kathleen Shanahan and Linda Taylor along with Chairman Willard Fair voted "Yes."

Fair did not share his views. Raulerson said adding the phrase "scientific theory" in front of evolution made the standards more consistent, as a similar phrase was already in some places, such as in the descriptions of cell theory.

MEANWHILE - the US Government seems to be in  agreement.

The US National Academy of Sciences issued a spirited defence of evolution as the bedrock principle of modern biology, arguing that it, not creationism, must be taught in public school science classes.

The academy, which operates under a mandate from Congress to advise the government on science and technology matters, issued the report at a time when the theory of evolution, first offered in the 19th century, faces renewed attack by some religious conservatives.

Creationism, based on the explanation offered in the Bible, and the related idea of "intelligent design" are not science and, as such, should not be taught in public school science classrooms, according to the report.

Finally I want to make it clear. Personally, I believe in the theory of evolution. I also however believe that kids should be taught EVERYTHING.

 

________________________________________________________________________________________________________

(Copyright © 2008 By Simon L Conway All Rights Reserved.)

Please give me a call if you have questions about the Central Florida real estate market.  You can reach me on 407 876 8200.  Also visit my web site at http://www.simonconway.net/ or http://www.move2orlando.net/

Also remember to check out my weekly radio show - The Home Team - which airs every Sunday at Noon Eastern and if you are not in Central Florida then you can tune in on line at http://www.540wfla.com/

close

This entry hasn't been re-blogged:

Re-Blogged By Re-Blogged At
Spam prevention

Accessibility option: listen to a question and answer it!

To submit the form,
drag the sunglasses to the circle on the side.

Type below the answer to what you hear. Numbers or words, lowercase:

Tags:
evolution
politics

Comments 24 New Comment

Anonymous
Post a Comment
Spam prevention

Accessibility option: listen to a question and answer it!

To submit the form,
drag the camera to the circle on the side.

Type below the answer to what you hear. Numbers or words, lowercase:

Rainmaker
648,732
Rob Arnold
Metro Orlando Full Service - Investor Friendly & Foreclosure Realtor
Sand Dollar Realty Group, Inc.

Last summer, I attended Dinosaur World in Plant City (old-time low-tech theme park) with my kids.  It was actually quite fascinating.  I didn't realize how many full skeletons were discovered of some of these creatures.  It really makes you think hard about how it all began.

February 20, 2008 08:58 AM
Rainmaker
404,261
Simon Conway
Orlando Area Real Estate Services

JUDY - So I am slightly confused - you don't want to teach this scientific theory?

ROB - I have driven past that place so many times!! Never been in though.

February 20, 2008 09:11 AM
Rainer
96,468
John Hersey
e-PRO Realtor
Prudential Bob Yost Homesale Services

If something evolves, is it still around?  If I came from a monkey, why are there monkeys?  If these are different monkeys, why didn't they evolve?

Maybe God started with dinosaurs and monkeys and such and wasn't happy with his fellowship.  Animals could not write about that so they had no record of it.  Maybe he tried again with Adam and we all know he wasn't happy with that because we do have a written record of that(The Bible) but here we are today with a second chance because we can make decisions and understand them, unlike animals.

February 20, 2008 09:46 AM
Anonymous #23
Anonymous
Anonymous

Simon:  Somewhere in heaven, John T. Scopes is watching.

Either that or he was reincarnated as a monkey and is busy peeling and eating bananas.

February 20, 2008 05:22 PM
Ambassador
438,297
Deb "Alayne" Brooks
940-500-4010 Wichita Falls Real Estate
Alayne Brooks, Re/Max Elite Group, Wichita Falls Texas
Dear Simon, Oooooohhhh, Oooooooohhhh, Aweeehhhhh, Aweeehhhhh, AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA! Don't you agree?? Where are my bananas?????? Later in the rain~Deb
February 20, 2008 11:10 PM
Anonymous
Post a Comment
Spam prevention

Accessibility option: listen to a question and answer it!

To submit the form,
drag the house to the circle on the side.

Type below the answer to what you hear. Numbers or words, lowercase:

Rainmaker
404,261

Simon Conway

Ask me a question
*
*
*
Spam prevention

Accessibility option: listen to a question and answer it!

To submit the form,
drag the truck to the circle on the side.

Type below the answer to what you hear. Numbers or words, lowercase:

Additional Information

For the best information on Orlando and Central Florida real estate - especially Windermere, Dr Phillips and the rest of south west Orlando, this is the place to be. Here you will find information on Orlando and Windermere homes for sale and general real estate information.